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Activated Face Lift Boosts Cell Regenerative Capacity


Dr. Ellenbogen

Leading plastic surgeon of Beverly Hills, California, Dr. Richard Ellenbogen has harnessed the recent discovery of stem cells in liposuctioned fat to create a True Stem Cell Face Lift through the “Activation” of dormant stem cells.

As the original facial fat transfer pioneer, Dr. Ellenbogen has channeled his research into a superior procedure using lower level laser to deliver - The “Activated” Stem Cell Face Lift - using one’s own stem cells, a procedure described by Dr. Ellenbogen as, “The foremost plastic surgery advancement in stem cell face lifts today. The missing link was to “activate” the stem cells to initiate this powerful regenerative process.”

*This procedure is FDA approved and approved by the Medical Board. Supporting research and documentation available by request.

As Dr. Ellenbogen explains, “The patient’s own stem cells combined with low level laser, provide regenerative effects and a significantly better end result in face lift procedures, adding youth restorative qualities and longer lasting results.”

Dr. Ellenbogen has spent several years working with European scientists that spent years developing a systematic approach to activating one's own body's stem cells using laser light therapy, now Dr. Ellenbogen has brought this groundbreaking technique to his plastic surgery practice, Beverly Hills Body.

The “Activated” Stem Cell Face Lift is achieved by adding the patient’s own growth factors from their blood and then exposing those stem cells to a special low-level laser, which “activates” the stem cells to start their reparative work at the sub-cellular level.

Activated Stem Cells Mimic the Restorative Behavior of Fetal and Embryonic Stem Cells

Stem cells from a patient’s own fat are not the same as those from fetal blood or embryos. When fetal and embryonic stem cells are placed in contact with injured tissue, they are programmed to go to work repairing damage immediately.

In contrast, stem cells from fat have been in a dormant state and most of them are still dormant when released. Placing these dormant cells in contact with tissue does nothing. They need to be put in an “activated” state and ready to work like fetal stem cells. This is done by adding the patient’s own growth factors from their own blood to the stem cells which have been separated from the liposuctioned fat, and exposing the mixture to three levels of low laser spectrum light. Through this technique, millions of active stem cells are added to the fat, enriching the active stem cell activity 1000 times.

The activated stem cells insure the permanence of the injected fat by creating new microscopic vascular framework in the face, and particularly in the breast. In addition, the stem cells repair aging in the face of the skin and soft tissues. This is visible on pre and post-op pictures that show the skin is less wrinkled, with smaller pores and lighter pigmentations.

The stem cell face lift has been performed and misleadingly popularized in the media for the past several years by plastic surgeons using a very limited procedure, that involved - only extracting the fat and re-injecting it in to the face - but without freeing the stem cells from the fat and adding millions of additional healing stem cells.

By contrast, the Ellenbogen method, using lower level laser, triggers and “activates” the stem cells, enhancing the ability of the cells to rejuvenate the tissues. As Dr. Ellenbogen states, “Patients receiving the older stem cell procedure, without the advantage of activation, will see little to none of the actual stem cell regenerative capacity and nothing in the long term, over time.”

The Activated Stem Cell Face Lift Process

A typical outpatient procedure can take three hours. The fat is gently harvested, using a medical procedure similar to liposuction. In a repeated purification process, the harvested fat is centrifuged (spun and separated) then treated with a dissolving solution to prepare extraction for stem cell isolation. The final step is to “activate” the stem cells using low-level frequency lasers after the addition of activation enhancers (protein growth factors from autologous platelet rich plasma). This multi step, exacting procedure is done in a laboratory within the operating room during the course of the operation.

Lastly, Dr. Ellenbogen injects the stem cells alone or mixed with more fat into the area of focus under anesthesia. In most cases a modified version of a standard face lift has been surgically performed. “In using the patient’s own cells, no ethical or moral issues are involved and the initial improvement of the skin is quite remarkable. The pores are closer together and the skin is absolutely radiant, pigmentations fade and wrinkles are improved dramatically. The long term reparative effects are being evaluated but appear promising towards longer lasting results and repair of all tissue in contact with the stem cells,” says Dr. Ellenbogen.

*Great B-roll of the Activated Stem Cell Face Lift procedure available upon request.

For more information, before and after photos, testimonials please see: An extensive compilation of Dr. Ellenbogen’s media appearances and articles at

About Dr. Richard Ellenbogen

Dr. Richard Ellenbogen has served as a consultant and guest plastic surgeon on numerous television programs, including: The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Phil, The View, CNN, Doctor 90210, The O' Reilly Factor, Good Day LA, Inside Edition, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Extra and The Early Show (CBS).

Dr. Ellenbogen is a ongoing contributor to a variety of print publications and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Newsweek, Time Magazine, The Aesthetic Surgery Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Business Journal, WebMD, Cosmetic Surgery Times,,, People, GQ,,, Los Angeles Family Magazine and Angeleno Magazine. Awards and recognitions are viewable at:


Dr. Ellenbogen is an expert on a variety of plastic surgery topics including but not limited to:

Activated Stem-Cell Breast Enhancement Expression Surgery Plastic Surgery Obsession Teen Plastic Surgery Celebrity Secrets to Great Plastic Surgery “Lunchtime” Cosmetic Procedures Minimally Invasive Facial Reshaping Massive Weight Loss Surgery and Excess Skin Removal Excess Skin Special Consideration: Plastic Surgery for Men How to Avoid Bad Plastic Surgery

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Original Publication Date: 08/20/08 - Revised Date: 04/20/11

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